My Favorite Things

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I’m on the Sewing by Ti blog today showing a few of my favorite sewing things.  I love a simple wardrobe.  I don’t have to dress professionally for anything in my life right now.  I  mostly wear jeans or shorts, and a t-shirt.  I’m very plain and simple, since I stay at home with my kids mostly.  I’m usually running around feeding people and cleaning up after others.  Although I make dresses and skirts for some pattern tests that I do, I don’t wear them on a daily basis.

A loose fitting t-shirt is my go-to.  I recently started sewing some of Hey June Handmade’s patterns.  They are the most comfortable t-shirt patterns!  I love the loose fit in the waist and hips, but more fitted bust.  They are a fitted pattern, but they aren’t tight in the lower areas which is perfect for my not-so-perfect body.

I love the Lane Raglan is a great fitting raglan.  I usually have extra bulk under my arms, which is usually where raglan patterns have issues.  This sleeve is not the typical boxy pattern piece and is more fitted.  It fits snuggly under my arm instead of hanging down. (vinyl cut file can be found here too Peek-a-boo digital designsmessybun

I used a grey jersey fabric that I had in my stash from LDG Textiles and the floral was from the Raspberry Creek Fabrics spring CLUB line.

The Union St Tee is another one of Hey June’s patterns that is a set in sleeve pattern, but is also a nice loose around the hips and waist pattern.  rcffall17-6rcffall17-5

This is another fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and is part of their current fall CLUB line.  There is one thing that I noticed about both patterns, and that is the neckbands on both tended to be a little tall for my taste.  I made a shorter neckband on my Union St Tee and plan to do the same on any of the Lane Raglans that I make in the future.

One of my favorite sewing gadgets has to be my Purple Thang.  I use it a lot!  It’s perfect to help turn corners, push fabrics that are being stubborn under the presser foot (so I don’t get my finger), and anything else that I can think of.  It’s a fairly cheap tool, but it’s come in handy way more that I thought. 41nmjpRahkL._SX450_

(Image taken from google).

Tuesday, August 1st: Intro ***You are here. 😀, Tenille’s Thread
2nd: Stitching At Night
3rd: Sewing By Ti
4th: Needles To Say
5th: Very Blissful

Sunday, August 6th: The Fairy Dust Bin
7th: Anne-Mari Sews
8th: Sewing With Sarah
9th: Thats Sew Lily
10th: Stitching at Night
11th: EYMM
12th: Sew Sew Ilse

Sunday, August 13th: Lulu & Celeste
14th: Seams Sew Lo
15th: Tales From a Southern Stitching Mom
16th: Stitching and Making
17th: Creative Counselor
18th: Ma Moose
19th: Kainara Stitches

Sunday, August 20th: Embrace Everyday
21st: She Who Sews
22nd: Idle Sunshine
23rd: My Heart Will Sew On
24th: Lovely For Life
25th: Margarita On the Ross
26th: Anne-Mari Sews

Sunday, August 27th: Made By Melli
28th: Adventures with Bubba and Bug
29th: Auschick Sews
30th: Me Made
31st: Living in Twinado Alley

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Fall 2017 CLUB line

I was so honored to be asked to sew up some of the new RCF fall 2017 prints.  I thought I would write up a quick post showing the ones that I sewed up all in one place.  Her CLUB jersey fabric is really nice.  She has her CLUB fabric milled exclusively for her.  It’s a nice weight and I’ve never had any issues with it being see through.  I would easily use it for a dress without worry of my undergarments showing through.  rcffall17-21rcffall17-20

This print is the moody triangles designed by Kim Henrie.  I made a Jolly Roger Raglan by Patterns for Pirates with this fabric.  I paired it with the solid mustard from RCF. rcffall17-10rcffall17-9rcffall17-8

I made some Movie Night PJs from Sew a Little Seam (which is a free pattern if you join her Facebook group and use the code in the pinned post) with this arrow fabric.  I paired this with the solid salmon from the shop.  This was another design by Kim Henrie. rcffall17rcffall17-2

The Peony leggings from Sew Like My Mom work great for my tall and skinny kid.  This abstract stripe is so cute for leggings.  I paired in with the solid teal from the shop.  Kim Henrie also designed this print.

Many of these cute fabrics come in several color ways.  Check out all of the new and lovely fall fabrics that Raspberry Creek Fabrics has to offer.  They’re on sale for $1 off per yard until Sunday, August 20 making them some of the cheapest custom prints that I know of.

 

Rebecca Page’s Arabella skirt pattern

I think I’ve sewn more with woven fabrics this summer than I have with knit.  It seems like a lot of patterns lately have been for woven fabrics.  I do love the feel of the wovens that have lots of drape.  I’ve mostly sewn with rayon challis, georgette, and chiffon.    aribella3

The new Arabella skirt from Rebecca Page looks so lovely in the rayon challis that I used. The pattern has 4 different lengths (above knee, knee, midi, and maxi lengths), and two different height waistbands (regular and tall).  I made her skirt a knee length with regular waistband.  There’s also an optional sash and optional side seam pockets.  A women’s pattern is available too, and also a bundle to grab both of them.  The patterns are on sale until Thursday, August 17. aribellaarabella6arabella3

New Horizons Deer Creek Tunic

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I feel like I blinked and summer went by.  I’ve started to think about cooler weather already.  My son and I are both starting school in just a couple of weeks.  I love wearing leggings, cardigans, tunics, and boots during winter.  I can never have enough tunics to go with my leggings.  I have several different types, but I’m always drawn to ones that have a true waist.  The Deer Creek Tunic from New Horizons Designs has an elastic casing waist with a dolman sleeve.  deercreek2

One other thing that makes me giddy about this pattern is that there are different options for finishing the neckline.  I’m sure for some that might not be a big deal, but I really like having a polished looking neckline.  I love having the ease of doing a neckband sometimes, but the professional look of a binding is something that I really like.  The pattern has the option of doing either, but I’ll almost always choose doing a binding over a neckband whenever possible.

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I used a rayon spandex french terry from So Sew English Fabrics.  I wanted something that would still have drape, yet be warmer for the cooler upcoming weather.  The pattern states the fabric needs to have at least 35% stretch, but light/medium weight knits with good drape work best.  I like that it’s long enough to cover my bum to wear with leggings.  I made mine in 3/4 sleeves, but the pattern also has long and short sleeves too.  There’s also a curved and straight dress length too.  It’s also the last day for the New Horizons Designs 30% off sale. Use the code BACKTOSCHOOL to get the pattern for even less. deercreek6deercreek

Love Notions Hip-Hop Tank and Top

School is starting back for me here sooner than I’d like.  I still have a few weeks left, but I’m definitely already thinking about fall and sewing for cooler weather.  I was lucky enough to join the Hip Hop Tank tour for Love Notions.  As I looked through the pattern, I had no idea that you could make one in woven fabric.  I envisioned making a woven sleeveless top to wear under cardigans or even a blazer for my upcoming school year.  I love when I can use a top both casually and professionally.  This pattern can be made in so many different styles and ways that it can easily be used to make it work for different purposes, and be a capsule pattern. hiphop

The pattern includes the cut chart for the neck and arm bands, if you’re doing knit.  Since I did woven, I made my own bias tape cutting 2″ wide strips on the bias.  I then folded and ironed to make the bias tape.  Since I didn’t have the measurements for the woven bindings, I simply clipped my binding on openings and clipped all the way around.  When I came to the end, I folded the bottom in 3/8″ so that I had a clean finish before I sewed them on.   hiphop5

This pattern has 4 different views with color blocking and two unique backs.  One back can be a button up back, and the other a tulip back.  Most of the views require knit for the bodice.  There’s a sleeveless cut line and both a tank cut line at the armscyes.  Cap sleeve pattern pieces are also included, if you’d like to make a short sleeve version.  There’s a hi-low hem cut line, as well as a straight cut line.  hiphop4

Overall, the pattern instructions are written very well and each view has it’s own set of instructions.  Both the front and back have separate pattern pieces.  The pattern states that you can do either knit bands or bindings, if you make a knit version, but the preferred method is binding.  The bindings don’t have pattern pieces, but a cut chart is given.  I really enjoyed sewing up this Hip-Hop tank!  It was really quick and easy!

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Made for Mermaids Tara Twist

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When I first saw this pattern posted for testing, I thought it looked so complicated.  Catherine assured us that it was an easy sew.  Once I saw the instructions and got started, it really was a quick sew!  I could easily make one in about 45 minutes, and made several during testing in very little time.  The shirt has a unique twist on the front side that can either be twisted on the left, or the right.  As usual the Tara twist is available in both Mama and girls, or bundle them together. tara6

The Tara twist can be made either as a tank, or with sleeves.  I made her top with 3/4 sleeves.  There are short, 3/4, and long sleeves too.  The sleeves can also be done with a split and twisted.  The front piece can also easily be hacked and made as a plain front without the twist.  For our floral shirts, I used a modal that I got from So Sew English Fabrics.  The grey is a rayon spandex from a local shop.  You can get the patterns individually, or bundled together with the girls and women’s pattern.  The patterns are on sale for $7 each or bundled for $10, which is only available during the release with the sale ending on Sunday, July 30. tara20tara27tara10tara18tara7tara24

New Horizons Pierside Pencil Skirt

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As you know, I love matching my girl!  Surprisingly, I don’t have a pencil skirt pattern for her.  The one thing that is nice about the Pierside pencil skirt is that it’s not super fitted.  There’s some ease in the hips, and she can easily still run and climb in it.  This skirt pattern has several lengths, knee, mid, and maxi.  There are a few different styles of hems, curved, curved with side vents, and maxi with side vents.  It has a nice and comfy yoga style waistband.  pierside21

You can also add pockets, or even a drawstring for a more relaxed look.  The pattern is semi-fitted throughout.  The girls pattern goes from sizes 12-18 months up to 16 years.  The women’s fits hip sizes 31″ – 53.5″.  I used some fabric from my Bee Box from Vinegar and Honey Fabrics for the stripe.  I believe it was a poly rayon spandex and used a Cotton Lycra for the waistband.  The floral is a brushed polyester.  The patterns are on sale either in a bundle or separately until Sunday, July 30 for $7.50 each, or bundled for $14. pierside17pierside19pierside5pierside15pierside7

DIBY Duchess Skirt

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The amazing Jessica over at DIBY (Do it better yourself club) is releasing another pattern, and a free one at that!  The Duchess skirt is a simple circle skirt, but has an great feature of a hi-low hem.  It took me longer to print, cut, and determine which fabric to use, than it did for me to sew it.  It’s a great quick sew, and gives such a dramatic look.  dibyskirt

I did mine in a modal knit that I got from LA Finch Fabrics, but the skirt can also be made in woven too.  I did the midi length with the dramatic rise.  The one thing that I did notice, is that since it is a half circle that it does require quite a bit of fabric.  I don’t usually keep 3 yard cuts on hand, so I was limited to just a few fabrics.  The pattern says that the midi length requires 2 1/2 yards for sizes 1-9, and 3 yards for maxi length.  dibyskirt3

This was my first time sewing up a DIBY pattern.  I noticed that she does her sizing differently, but also has quite a large range for sizes and has sizing going all the way up to a 63″ waist.  I love that she’s accommodating so many different sizes.  She also has her sizing listed differently, and not as the usual store bought sizes.  This also helps to make people get their measurements.  Her sizing goes from 1-9 and then 1+ – 9+.  Below is the schedule for the tour dates and pages for this wonderful skirt!dibyskirt4

The Duchess Blog Tour Schedule

July 25th – Sewing With Sarah | Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing
July 26th – Kainara Stitches | Wonderfully Handmade
July 27th – Seams Sew Lo | Mermaid Mama Designs
July 28th – Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen | Cookie on The Loose
July 29th – On Wednesdays we Sew | The Crunchy Mommy

Sew a little seam Birch Button up and Giveaway!

I was always intimidated to make a button up shirt when I started sewing a while ago.  They just always seemed so daunting.  I was pretty sure it would end up in a mess on the floor, and I’d want to never see it again.  PDF patterns have totally changed my outlook on this.  I feel like I can accomplish just about anything given pictures, videos, and thoughrough instructions.  Kelly at Sew a Little Seam makes the best patterns if you love lots of options.  I think I could clothe my kids in only Kelly’s patterns and they’d still wear a different looking outfit every day.  The new Birch Button up pattern is no exception either.  birch21

There’s full or partial placket, 3 different types of pockets and flaps, long sleeves, short sleeves, sleeveless, front tie hem, curved hem, straight hem, collar, collarless….I think I could go on forever.  Here is the line drawing to show all of the options that are available to mix and match to customize the perfect shirt.  And the sizing goes from 3 months to 16 years, it’s a timeless pattern!20232321_1661967857213442_4652707939691959147_o

I made my son’s shirt with a more traditional look.  I really like the full placket, short sleeve, and pocket.  He didn’t have any short sleeve button up shirts, and this fabric that I got at Hobby Lobby is light enough that it’s great for his summer wardrobe.

The pattern is on sale through August 1 for only $4.90 with the code found in Sew a Little Seam’s Facebook group!!  Now it’s the fun time for the giveaway!  Click below and I’ll be giving away a copy of this great pattern!  If you happen to be the winner, and already purchased I’ll refund your purchase 😊

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Honeydew Kisses Fiona Shorts

I love bubble shorts on little girls!  I think they are the cutest look.  I’m pretty sure I have more than one pattern of bubble shorts in my pattern library.  They’re like a weakness for me, and I can’t help but sew them.  Well, I sewed another pair for little girl using the Fiona shorts pattern from Honeydew Kisses.  I much prefer having a cuff on the bottom though as opposed to just having elastic, like a bloomer.  I feel like it gives them a more polished look.  fiona13

This pair of Fiona shorts was surprisingly fast to sew up.  I like the look of the flat front, as they seem more put together.  This pattern isn’t lined, and does have pockets.  I chose to sew mine without any pockets, mostly because she just doesn’t really use them.  The front pattern piece has the pocket cut out already, but the instructions at the back of the pattern explain how to adjust the piece if you don’t want to add pockets.  It also comes with suspenders, if you want that look too. fiona12fiona16

Raspberry Creek Fabrics has some colored chambray, so I grabbed all of the colors she had available.  This is the purple chambray from her shop.  I found the polka dot fabric in my stash, and I love how they looked together.  fiona15